MBMG International Football League Div. 1 & 2
Pattaya City played their final league game of the season last Saturday and although unbeaten in six games they still had to win this game to have any chance of retaining the championship as the Londoner had beaten third placed Black Swan 1-0 to keep on level terms with Pattaya. This was not going to be an easy match as City’s opponents Siam Celtic beat Cosmos, so they could not be underestimated.
City, knowing what was required, put Celtic under pressure early on and Tshuma went close after a great ball from Lowe. City’s dynamo Dipita then beat four defenders and saw his shot spectacularly saved by a Celtic defender on the line.
Pattaya kept up the pressure, but two good saves by the Celtic keeper kept the scores level, however almost immediately City’s Mbouyom ran down the right and delivered a defense splitting ball to the unmarked Dipita who slotted the ball home to make it 1-0 to the home team.
Good runs by Mbouyom and Tshuma on the wings provided more chances for City but they were wasted. The hosts were given a wake-up call when Celtic hit the side netting and almost immediately the game was tied at 1-1 when a Celtic forward was left unmarked at a corner and he made no mistake to level the match.
Just before half time City came close to retaking the lead but Alan Mulberry’s blockbusting header was spectacularly saved on the line with the ball rebounding to the same City player only for the same defender to stop a certain goal. Half time arrived with the sides tied at 1-1.
City started to get their act together in the second half and when they received a free kick on the right Tshuma’s delivery was inch perfect for Philip Walter to head home and make it 2-1 to the hosts.
The Pattaya team then went further ahead after a three man move left Mbouyom the easiest of chances to score into an empty net to make the score 3-1. City were now on top of their opponents and Denis Matveer was unlucky to see his lob over the keeper rebound off the post and out to safety.
The home team scored their fourth and final goal when John Campbell and captain Craig Banks exchange passes with the latter scoring the goal of the match with a thundering volley to give City an unassailable lead. Celtic had little to offer as they were finding the pace too hot but they managed to hold out without conceding another goal until the final whistle.
City now have to wait for the result of the Londoner’s final match this coming weekend to see who will finish as champions this season.
Pattaya City Reserves back to winning ways
Pattaya City Reserves are having to catch up with their fixtures and still had three matches to play to complete their season.
City Reserves played Bangkok Storm last weekend looking for their first win in five games and they took the lead in just the second minute as a volley out of the blue from Athachai found the back of the net. This was the start City wanted and after a lot of pressure it wasn’t long before they scored a second with a low hard shot from outside the penalty area by Supachal Kunchuen to make it 2-0.
Bangkok retaliated with isolated attacks but without much threat as their finishing was poor and when they did break through, City’s Brian Wilkins was there to block a goal-bound shot.
Just as half time was approaching Bangkok had their best spell when City’s keeper was forced into making a good save and a long range shot went just over the City bar.
After the half time break City put pressure on the Bangkok goal and a perfect lob by City’s Kunchuen over the keeper saw them increase their lead to 3-0.
City Reserves were now in full control with Glenn Wilkins pulling the strings as they piled more pressure on the Bangkok goal whose defense was working overtime, and it was no surprise when City went further ahead as Terry Wilcox’s cross was headed home by Kunchuen for his hat trick.
Bangkok Storm managed a consolation goal before the final whistle to make the score 4-1 but it was a comfortable win by City who blooded a number of younger players in their team with one eye on the future. A couple more performances and results like this in City Reserves final two home matches will see them finish with a good league placing.